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Muslims mark start of Ramadan

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The Islamic holy month of Ramadan has begun across most of the Muslim world, ushering in 30 days of dawn to dusk fasting and extra prayer.

US President Barack Obama marked the occasion by posting a video on the White House website, saying he wanted to build a new partnership between the US and Muslims around the world.

Jane-Frances Kelly reports.

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